My boy had a session with an audiologist today to determine the presence of Central Auditory Processing Disorder (which we suspected based on previous testing). I don't have the full report yet, but we were told:
- he behaved very well, was helpful and patient throughout the 2 hours of testing.
- he has problems related to phonemic awareness and "hearing" the vowels in words.
- he got really tired and frustrated from all the sounds coming at him.
- he would not have done well in a classroom situation with the competing voices and noises.
- he is left-brained and needs some more right-brained activities to balance him out. Hello, music lessons - she specifically said piano, which works since we have a piano and a piano teacher. But this is kind of funny to me because we had been convinced he is right-brained and worked off that assumption for a while...
- he might benefit from speech therapy as that would help him learn to hear the sounds of words better.
Now I don't understand that last one quite yet, and I haven't seen the written report. But I admit I was thrilled to hear that learning in the home, not the classroom, has been "the best place for him to be." Yes, that is a direct quote.
I don't know any homeschool moms who don't second-guess themselves sometimes. A child with learning disabilities can amp up the insecurity and second-guessing. It's good to have confirmation that we're doing something right, even if we focused on the wrong half of the brain.